Stick With It Or Chase Fantasies?

Posted: July 13, 2010 by kylejackson10 in CRAZY LOVE, FCA LEE COUNTY, Uncategorized

Proverbs 12:11 says, “The one who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases fantasies lacks sense.” 

This is something that I have felt strongly to write about for a while now. At 27 years old I have already made a drastic career change from coaching college baseball to sales in construction. I am hoping soon I will have the opportunity to be in full-time ministry. So more than likely I will have made 3 career changes before I am 30 years old.

In 2006 I chased being a college coach. I worked hard! Recruiting, practices, scouting reports, field maintenance, player development…etc.

In September of 2008 through the present I have been chasing $ in the business world doing Sales. I work hard at it! Calling, appointments, quoting, re-pricing, arguing (its construction people)…etc.

But nothing satisfies me as much as the ministry does. Pouring into others and watching life change happen for them.

For 3 years I chased “fantasies” so to speak. Now I know what my “calling” is and I plan on “sticking with it!”

I wanted to write this because I see a trend in my generation, the 30 and younger crowd in the working world. (Sorry if you are over 30…you are not old, just older than most!!) I have friends in different states that I have watched jump from job to job for different reasons. $5,000 raise, better benefits, company car, cool office, etc. My generation chases the fantasy and as a result we have become the expert in nothing and are still looking for the next upgrade. We are not happy at work. Every little thing seems to get us frustrated and we are always on CareerBuilders.Com at work.

My generation wants the nice home, nice car, nice savings account and the best clothes but we want to work 1/2 as hard as the generation before us to get it.

Here are 3 steps to help from the above mentioned verse:

1.) What is your “Land” or What is your Calling? Because until you know that, no fantasy you chase will ever satisfy you enough.

2.) Once you know your calling, work as hard as you can to become the Expert in your field. It is hard to be the expert when you are learning a new trade every 10 months because you got  a $3,000 raise for your new job. Eventually you will become the expert and everyone will call you and you will make more $ than you will by taking small raises for 5 new careers over the next 5 years.

3.) Finally set goals within your calling and have a group that keeps you Accountable for those goals. There is no greater thing for our generation than accountability.

Go chase your calling, “Stick with It” and become the best you can be in whatever field you are in for God!

-Kyle

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Comments
  1. Can I add “a little dose of humility” to your list?? I see so many of my peers coming into new jobs with what they perceive as a go-getter, determined attitude, but it translates as a know-it-all and arrogant attitude. Our generation is full of talent, knowing when to show it and when to keep your lips sealed, that is the challenge!

  2. Sharon W Lee says:

    Dear Kyle, I love this post! Without even knowing you, I’m proud of you! The status I posted this morning on my Facebook for this Labor Day Holiday was this, “When He [Jesus] saw the throngs, He was moved with pity and sympathy for them, because they were bewildered (harassed and distressed and dejected and helpless), like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the LABOR-ERS are few. So pray to the Lord of the harvest to force out and thrust LABOR-ERS into His harvest.”” Matt 9:36-38…. The question I posted beneath this post asked: What (or WHO?!?) are we “labor”ing for???

    We often get caught up in the rat-race of chasing fantasties (as your verse says). I love when one realizes that chasing fantasties never truly satiates and satisfies. Our satisfaction and fulfillment comes from doing the “good work” that our Lord has “prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph 2:10). No doubt, God is calling you for the ministry. He puts His desires in our hearts.. and then, causes us to desire to do what He wants done.

    May He rock your world in what He’s chosen for you to do… and may He touch the multitudes through the compassion that He’s placed inside you. For it’s all Jesus that all of us are seeking… whether we know it or not.

    Love your heart… and your desire to live and labor for our Lord!

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